The Whitehall Spirit® 17 Expedition model is our top-of-the-line sailing & sculling rowboat and available fully equipped with all the bells and whistles. Perfect for fun day sailing, traveling farther distances while exploring coastal waters, lakes, or rivers. Needing only 6 inches of water with its bronze centerboard and rudder fully retracted, this boat can tuck into quiet, unexplored, and uncrowded spots. It’s beachable, so it’s easy to land the boat and check out the shoreline.
The sailing gear is fast and easy to install or remove, even without tools. The mainsail and jib are identical to the regular sailing model, although a bronze clew outhaul tackle is included on the boom. The mast is 6″ longer than the standard 17′ model and rigged to hoist a roller furling light air jib. The mast is also built in two parts with a carbon fiber sleeve, enabling compact stowage inside the boat.
The mast simply lifts out of its reinforced support socket. The boat can be sailed with the mast freestanding, however an additional feature is a Spectra running backstay, offering better sail shape and windward sailing ability. The mainsail on this standing lug style rig can be tacked across in full control using only the mainsheet. Reefing gear is standard and the mainsail can be reefed while out on the water. A bowsprit and roller furling light air jib are also standard.
This rowboat also includes two slide seat sculling units with bronze hinging outriggers. Almost all the optional features are standard on this one, except for the optional teak floor or the ocean tender fully buoyant floor system.
Harold Aune says:
“The boat sails really well in a variety of conditions. Marie Hutchinson and I sailed it to the limit in Raid Finland with no breakages and on many occasions we were the fastest boat in the fleet.” Check out the documentary movie online at Whitehall at Raid Finland.
This sailing & sculling rowboat features built-in buoyancy forward and aft, and is shown here with the optional removable solid teak floorboard system. An “Ocean Tender Floor” is available as well, which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy (an important safety feature) to the boat, perfect for when the boat is used as a ship’s tender or shoreboat.
The woodwork is hand-picked solid teak, usually bookmatched. It is hand-rubbed with three coats of our special outdoor oil – teak does not require varnish finish. The mast and boom are made from clear, tight-grained sitka spruce and coated with three coats of marine-quality varnish.
This boat can achieve speeds that are considerably greater than its hull speed when sailing off the wind.
|Mainsail Area||80 sq ft, 8 sq m||Jib||25 sq ft, 2.5 sq m|
|Length||16’11” (5.2 m)||Weight||319 lbs (145 kg)|
|Beam||52″ (132 cm)||Power||2-8 hp LS-OB|
|Depth||18″ (46 cm)||Persons||1-5 (825 lbs/375 kg)|
|Draft||6″ (15 cm)||Floorboard||80 lbs (36 kg)|
|Centerboard Down||22″ (56 cm)||LOA incl. Bowsprit||20′ (6.1 m)|
|Light Air Jib||45 sq ft, 14 sq m|
|Teak floorboards||$3520.00 USD|
|Ocean tender fully buoyant floor||$3500.00 USD|
|Stern motor pad||$182.00 USD|
|Stainless steel keel strip||$588.00 USD|
|Single slide seat unit (two stations)||-$1536.00 USD|
Complete boat with solid teak woodwork, bronze fittings, lapstrake fiberglass hull, bilge drain/plug, maintenance kit, bronze builder’s plaque, & How to Row DVD – ready to row, scull, or sail.
Pricing PDF: Pricing 2016 Whitehall Spirit® Expedition 17
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